Hi there! I'm Lucy Bellwood, the tall ship sailor-turned-cartoonist responsible for Baggywrinkles—an educational nautical comic about working aboard 18th-century sailing vessels!
Thanks to Kickstarter and salty readers like YOU, we're printing a FULL-COLOR collection of sailing comics with a load of fancy bonus features in both hard and softcover editions. But there's still time left to get in on the action! Here's our latest batch of Stretch Goa—er, Gulls:
- [FUNDED!] At 27k, we've added a special bonus book section of SCURVY SAILORS PIN-UPS by some of my favorite nautical comics folk—including Ben Towle, Isabella Rotman, Chris Schweizer, Dylan Meconis, Kevin Cannon, Beccy David, Adam T. Murphy, Steve LeCoulliard, and more to come. This will add 20 pages of content to the collection!
- [FUNDED] At 30k we've opened up 300 slots for handsome hardcover books—200 plain and 150 with signed and sketched-on bookplates.
- [FUNDED] At 35k we added Baggywrinkles-themed temporary tattoos to every book package!
- [FUNDED] At 40k the PDX Broadsides, Portland's own nautically-versant nerd rock trio, are crafting a CUSTOM BAGGYWRINKLES SEA SHANTY THEME SONG.
SO BACK TO THE PROJECT:
Baggywrinkles is one-part educational textbook, one-part autobio memoir, and one-part historical joyride. Up until now, each installment has been published as its own minicomic, but it's high time to bind this sucker into a fetching collected edition. Enter: KICKSTARTER!
Baggywrinkles: A Lubber's Guide to Life at Sea will be a handsome, 6" x 9", full-color softcover book featuring 100 pages of nautical goodness including...
- Issue 1 - The Call of the Running Tide: The daring tale of how I ran away to sea (sort of) at the tender age of seventeen.
- Issue 2 - Sea of Ink: A spotter's guide to the secret meanings of common nautical tattoos.
- Issue 3 - Parts Unknown: A tour through historical costuming for 18th century sailors, common shipboard tools, and basic line-handling.
- Issue 4 - The Plank: A highly scientific explanation of why walking the plank is A Bad and Inaccurate method of shipboard execution.
- Issue 5 - Pacific Passages: A historical anecdote about the original tall ship Lady Washington encountering the Japanese in 1791. [With writer R.J. Mockford]
- Issue 6 - Scurvy Dogs: A survey of scurvy in all its forms—the causes, the catastrophic symptoms, and the incredibly misguided attempts to make it better through the ages. This comic has never appeared in print before now! [With Co-Writer Eriq Nelson]
To read the first five issues online for free, click here!
"We all know that comics as a medium have a unique facility for sharing and communicating personal experience with their readership, but you’ll find few series that do it with such a sheer and unremitting sense of joy than Lucy Bellwood’s Baggywrinkles." - Andy Oliver, Broken Frontier
"You can read a dozen books about tall ships and not learn half as much as you might spending an evening with Baggywrinkles in your hands. Bellwood is a great storyteller, a fine teacher, and an incredible cartoonist whose unfettered passion for her subject matter is evident in every panel that she draws." - Chris Schweizer, author of The Crogan Adventures
"Lucy Bellwood's artistic take on the attraction of the maritime life is spot-on. Baggywrinkles, her illustrated story about a young woman's introduction to life on a tall ship, hits all the right notes of excitement, trepidation, fear of the unknown, and a willingness to take a leap of faith into a world so foreign to most people that it has its own specialized—and historic—language." - Pete Leenhouts, Director, Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building
While I did toy with the idea of taking all this cash and buying my own tall ship, it seems more sensible to break it down like this:
- $2,500 to Allyson Haller, book designer extraordinaire, who is handing the print design and layout for the collection.
- $3,635 to the experienced print brokerage team who will be wrangling the production and printing of 2,000 books overseas.
- $1,077 to ship the many (MANY) boxes of books from China to me and the fulfillment team.
- $250 to cover administrative fees from Make That Thing, the fulfillment company who will be making sure you get your rewards on time.
- ~$3,000 to ship all these books and assorted rewards to YOU, my glorious backers, via Make That Thing. (That's about $5 per reward package for domestic backers and $7 for international backers, so it'll vary depending on how many books we sell.)
- $946 for Kickstarter and credit card fees (about 10% of my total goal).
- $2,838 for taxes (that's 30% of the fundraising).
Which brings us to $14,246. Since I like round numbers (and if there's one thing Kickstarters are great at it's unforeseen expenses) I'm going to say that $15,000 is a safe bet for getting these books made and into your hands in a timely fashion.
Now things start to get really exciting:
- [FUNDED] We've reached $16,000! Every copy of the book will have fancy nautical endpapers! Endpapers are classy.
- [FUNDED] We've reached $18,000! Every copy of the book will have glorious SPOT GLOSS on the covers! This means I am a Real Cartoonist.
- [FUNDED] We reached $19,000! Every copy of the book will come with a nautical sticker sheet! Who doesn't love stickers?
- [FUNDED!] We've reached $20,000! This means I'm hiring a colorist so that the entire book—that's six issues of comics—will be printed in FULL COLOR.
Lemme say that one more time.
BAGGYWRINKLES. IN COLOR. FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER.
I've hired rockstar colorists Joey Weiser and Michele Chidester (Mermin, Catfoot's Vengeance, The Secret Science Alliance) to turn this book into a full-color boating bonanza and I am beside myself with excitement.
LOOK AT HOW PRETTY THIS THING IS GOING TO BE:
[For all the latest stretch goals, see the top of the project page.]
So what's gonna get us there? Why, your pledges, of course! Which brings me to:
- Here's a breakdown of all the fabulous swag you can get out of this campaign:
- The Digital Edition! Save on shipping with a high-res, DRM-free version of the book.
- Digital Edition of The Book + The Fully-Rigged Sketchbook PDF, a digital collection of every drawing I've committed to paper in the last eleven months (that's 295 pages of content!).
- The Book! One shiny copy of Baggywrinkles: A Lubber's Guide to Life at Sea. [Includes Digital Edition + PDF Sketchbook] [Now with NAUTICAL STICKERS!]
- The Book with a Signed Bookplate! [Includes Digital Edition + PDF Sketchbook] [Now with NAUTICAL STICKERS!]
- The Book with a Signed & Drawn-On Bookplate! [Includes Digital Edition + PDF Sketchbook] [Now with NAUTICAL STICKERS!]
- Two copies of The Book—one for you and one for a special sailor in your life! [Includes Digital Edition + PDF Sketchbook. Note: these are just the plain books, no bookplate included.] [Now with NAUTICAL STICKERS!]
- The Book with a Signed & Drawn-On Bookplate + A Hand-Written Nautical Postcard from Yours Truly. [Includes Digital Edition + PDF Sketchbook] [Now with NAUTICAL STICKERS!]
- The Book + Signed and Drawn-On Bookplate + A limited-edition, signed and numbered, two-color "Arts of the Sailor" Letterpress Print from Twin Ravens Press. This 6" x 9" hand-pulled image features a handy guide to sailors' tattoos and what they mean. [Includes Digital Edition + PDF Sketchbook] [Now with NAUTICAL STICKERS!] While the art hasn't quite been finalized, you can get a sense of what the limited edition print will feature here:
- The Book + Signed and Drawn-On Bookplate + a randomly-selected piece of original art from Baggywrinkles Issue 3 or 4! Originals are 7" x 10", ink and blue pencil on Bristol board. [Includes Digital Edition + PDF Sketchbook] [Now with NAUTICAL STICKERS!] For reference, originals from these issues look like this:
- The Book + Signed and Drawn-On Bookplate + a randomly-selected piece of original art from Baggywrinkles Issue 5 or 6! Originals are 11" x 17", ink and blue pencil on Bristol board. [Includes Digital Edition + PDF Sketchbook] [Now with NAUTICAL STICKERS!] For reference, originals from these issues look like this:
- The Book + Signed and Drawn-On Bookplate + A limited-edition, signed and numbered, two-color "Arts of the Sailor" Letterpress Print from Twin Ravens Press + A Full Set of "Definitely-Not-Filthy Sailing Terms" Prints + a 9"x12" Custom Watercolor of a Tall Ship of Your Choosing. [Includes Digital Edition + PDF Sketchbook] [Now with NAUTICAL STICKERS!]
AND THAT'S IT!
If you read all this way you are obviously a champion and deserve to enjoy this portrait of Captain Capybara Nelson, captured by my co-conspirator Eriq Nelson off the coast of Corsica in 1778.
- Maranatha Hay of Tower Films for sharing stunning documentary footage of the Lady Washington from "The Passage"—look for it in festivals later this year!
- The Poxy Boggards for lending their fabulous voices for the video.
- Denis Lemeshenko for sterling cinematography and video editing.
- Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan for a surplus of weird tentacles.
- Mike Russell, Glenn Fleishman, Chris Schweizer, Eriq Nelson, Kristin Walker, and Charlie Peirson for collaboration, cheerleading, and writing assistance.
- And, of course, Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority for enabling young layabouts like myself to experience a real life at sea.
Risks and challenges
After running an over-funded Kickstarter entirely on my own in 2012, I have a healthy respect for the colossal undertaking of printing and fulfilling a successful campaign.
Fortunately I've been working with a number of seasoned pros to make sure this book gets made without a hitch. All the artwork is complete and the book design is close to finalized, which means it's just printing and fulfillment from here on out.
The print team know their business inside and out and Make That Thing have a rock-solid track record of fulfilling successful campaigns in record time—paying these professionals takes a lot of the guesswork out of getting you the goods.
The February 2016 shipment deadline is set deliberately far out to account for any and all possible delays. We're aiming to have this sucker in your hands way sooner, but it pays to be cautious!
Rest assured my obsessive preparations for this campaign have covered as many of the potential issues as possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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